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sarah janecek, longtime political commentator, dies at 57

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sarah janecek, longtime political commentator, dies at 57

sarah janecek, an influential minnesota political commentator, writer and strategist who embraced the gop but was respected across party lines, died friday while on vacation in south america.janecek, 57, died of a severe septic infection in a hospital in rio de janeiro, brazil, her family said.for more than 20 years, the minneapolis strategist waded through the state’s political landscape, serving as a gop activist, lobbyist and writer. she flexed her writing skills on her politics in minnesota newsletter and state directory, and also offered up her views on politics to local and national media.she was unafraid to speak her mind, but listened to those on the other side of the aisle, too — evidenced upon her death by the outpouring of emotional condolences from people across the political spectrum.“we will miss her keen insights and wonderful wit,” gov. mark dayton said saturday.janecek grew up in new brighton and was class president at irondale high school. she went on to the university of minnesota, where she also earned a law degree.in the late 1980s, she kicked off her career as a state lobbyist. naturally analytical and curious, she gained respect for her sharp skills and drive to toil long hours, her family said. especially at the start of her career, she often was the only woman in a group of men.from 1990 to 2002, she and wy spano, a democrat, ran a lobbying firm together. “she was quite willing to listen to the other side of whatever the discussion was,” h...